GAME NIGHT 9/16: Kailua/Kapolei

Kailua's Mark Lagazo has had to take over at QB this season due to injury. Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell.
Kailua’s Mark Lagazo has had to take over at QB this season due to injury. Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell.

Only two ranked teams are in action Friday night in a seven-game slate scheduled for Oahu.

After giving way to his brother’s nine-touchdown performance last week for No. 2 Saint Louis, Kapolei QB Taulia Tagovailoa is back in action after a week off when No. 5 Kapolei (4-1, 3-1) hosts injury-plagued Kailua (2-2, 2-2). Tagovailoa leads the state with 1,506 passing yards and 17 touchdowns.

HISTORY: Kapolei leads the all-time series 5-2 but lost a 20-6 game to the Surfriders last year that started on a Saturday and ended on a Monday due to lightning.

Live updates of the 7:30 p.m. kickoff will follow below:

FINAL: Kapolei 34, Kailua 20.
At Kapolei
Kailua (2-3, 2-3) 0 7 6 7 — 20
Kapolei (5-1, 4-1) 7 13 7 7 — 34
KAP—Wyatt Perez 5 pass from Taulia Tagovailoa (Beau Meyer kick)
KAI—Mark Lagazo 2 run (Brysen Pedrina kick)
KAP—John Kansana 3 run (kick failed)
KAP—Jaymin Sarono 6 pass from Tagovailoa (Meyer kick)
KAP—Isaiah Ahana 7 pass from Tagovailoa (Meyer kick)
KAI—Chauncy Gonsalves-Bell 89 kick return (pass failed)
KAI—Lagazo 6 run (Pedrina kick)
KAP—Antoneo Brown 1 run (Meyer kick)
JV—Kapolei 39, Kailua 0.

RUSHING—Kailua: Lagazo 13-13, Kealoha Hanawahine-Wong 14-25, Chauncy Gonsalves-Bell 5-17. Kapolei: Leighton Rosa 5-33, Kansana 7-43, Antoneo Brown 3-26, Tagovailoa 1-(-13).

PASSING—Kailua: Lagazo 7-13-1-108, Solomon Farley 0-1-0-0. Kapolei: Tagovailoa 26-40-1-388.

RECEIVING—Kailua: Hapaki Kupahu-Phillips 3-67, Farley 1-(-1), George Kupahu 2-22, Tanner Wright 1-20. Kapolei: Sarono 9-143, Perez 7-118, Isaiah Ahana 4-36, Kaeo Alvarez-Ranan 2-25, Kansana 1-7, Marquis Montgomery 1-30, Tamatoa Mokiao-Atimalala 1-32, Filipo-Brown 1-(-3).

Kailua’s last series ends when Lagazo’s pass is picked off by Leonard Lee, who returns it deep into Kailua territory before running out of bounds. Tagovailoa takes a knee and that’s it. Coach Hernandez later calls this an “ugly win,” but he’ll take it.

Sarono recovers the on-side kick. Kailua stuffs Leighton Rosa for no gain, but Kansana picks up 13 yards right up the gut for a first down. Kailua calls time out with 1:57 left. Tagovailoa then surprises the defense with a bomb to Perez for 51 yards to the 1-yard line. Antoneo Brown, the burly 5-foot-11, 285-pound RB, barrels over for the TD. KPO 34, KAIL 20, 1:23.

This time Kailua cashes in. Lagazo with completions of 37 yards to Hapaki Kupahu-Phillips and 20 yards to Tanner Wright. That sets up a 4-yard run by Lagazo, and then he completes the drive with a 6-yard keeper on the left for a TD. KPO 27, KAIL 20, 2:59.

Kapolei facing third and 10 from its 28. Humid weather. Everyone seems just a little bit flat. 6:08 left. Tagovailoa is 24-for-38, 337 yards, three TDs, one INT.

Kailua gets the ball at its 20, three and out.

Tagovailoa hit 7-for-8 during a stretch in the third, but is 1-for-5 since as some of the newer receivers get a lot of targets. PUNT.

Kailua takes over after the touchback on the punt but goes three and out. Lagazo tried a keeper on second down but basically two defenders are waiting in the hole every time. They’re not going to give him and his RB skills a real chance. He now has eight carries for 10 yards.

The quarter ends rather quietly for Kapolei as Kailua DE Christian Mejia records his first sack, a 13-yard loss on Tagovailoa. ‘Canes lead 27-13.

The ensuing kickoff is an 89-yard return for a touchdown by Chauncy Gonsalves-Bell. He started on the right sideline, then cut to the left and followed some choice blocks to paydirt, untouched. KPO 27, KAIL 13, 8:56.

Kailua goes three and out with the opening series of the second half. Kapolei then marches 49 yards in four plays. Tagovailoa is 2-for-3, 39 yards, including a 7-yard post strike to Isaiah Ahana. KPO 27, KAIL 0, 9:11.

Tagovailoa is 14-for-21, 234 yards, two TDs and one INT. He’s spread the ball around and thrown quite a few deep balls. Very interesting that Marquis Montgomery got some nice opportunities (one catch, 30 yards). Coach Hernandez had mentioned him several times as one of the many ‘Canes who have been injured. Another speedster who hauled in a 32-yard catch-and-run is Tamatoa Mokiao-Atimalala.

At Kapolei
Kailua 0 7 x x — 7
Kapolei 7 13 x x — 20
KAP—Wyatt Perez 5 pass from Taulia Tagovailoa (Beau Meyer kick)
KAI—Mark Lagazo 2 run (Brysen Pedrina kick)
KAP—John Kansana 3 run (kick failed)
KAP—Jaymin Sarono 6 pass from Tagovailoa (Meyer kick)

JV—Kapolei 39, Kailua 0.

Lagazo 6-6,
Kealoha Hanawahine-Wong 6-24,
Chauncy Gonsalves-Bell 3-6.

Leighton Rosa 1-15,
Kansana 6-30,
Antoneo Brown 2-25.

Lagazo 3-5-0-29,
Solomon Farley 0-1-0-0.

Tagovailoa 14-21-1-234.

Hapaki Kupahu-Phillips 1-13,
Farley 1-(-1),
George Kupahu 1-17.

Sarono 4-76,
Perez 3-48,
Isaiah Ahana 3-28,
Kaeo Alvarez-Ranan 1-17,
Kansana 1-7,
Marquis Montgomery 1-30,
Tamatoa Mokiao-Atimalala 1-32.

Kailua goes three and out, and Kapolei tries to salvage one more series by calling its final time out with :09 left in the half. Time runs out on the ensuing punt return. The first half ends with Kapolei ahead 20-7.

Penalties on the punt return (out of bounds) and before the next snap (unexplained) push the ball back to the 18, then to the Kapolei 8. No matter. Tagovailoa completes a 32-yard pass to Tamatoa Mokiao-Atimalala for 32 yards and then a 54-yard catch-and-run by Jaymin Sarono, out of bounds at the Kailua 6. Tagovailoa finds Sarono for a 6-yard TD pass. KPO 20, KAIL 7, 1:07.

Kailua with a three and out. The game slows to a crawl between the penalties and out-of-bounds kickoffs.

The ‘Canes drive 65 yards in 11 plays, overcoming a holding call that set up a second-and-29 situation. Tagovailoa is 2-for-4 on the drive for 52 yards, and John Kansana punches over the goal line with a three-yard TD run. PAT kick misses. KPO 13, KAIL 7, 2:54.

Kailua gets on the scoreboard with a 10-play, 49-yard drive. Huge fourth-down run for 10 yards by Lagazo, plus a facemask penalty moving the ball to the 2. Lagazo carries in on the next play for a TD. KAIL 7, KPO 7, 6:31.

Third and one, Tagovailoa’s deep post pass to Perez falls incomplete. No adjustment to the ball as it falls and Perez never came back to it. Kapolei punt, downed at its 49.

The quarter ends with Kapolei third and 1 from its 10. KPO leads 7-0. Tagovailoa is 9-for-12, 90 yards, one TD, one INT.

Kailua helped by a personal foul call, but three and out again. Coffin corner punt is downed at the 1.
Kapolei’s second series is a nine-play, 85-yard scoring march. Tagovailoa is 5-for-6 on this drive for 54 yards, including a 5-yard strike to Wyatt Perez on an out pattern for the touchdown. KPO 7, KAIL 0, 2:13.

Kailua with a play-action first-down pass by QB Mark Lagazo on its first play, but then three plays and a punt.

‘Canes receive the kickoff, drive to the Kailua 25, and then Taulia Tagovailoa is picked off by the deep, deep safety on a post route. He returns it to the red zone but is Kailua is whistle for an illegal block.

Friendly service at the Kapolei concession stand.
Friendly service at the Kapolei concession stand.
Sunset off the Leeward Coast.
Sunset off the Leeward Coast.


  1. Checkyoself September 16, 2016 4:58 pm

    Kapolei 56-14 Kailua

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